What Are Some Key Facts About Diwali?

Diwali is celebrated between the middle of October and the middle of November, and it means "rows of lighted lamps," according to BBC. It symbolizes the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness, and it is celebrated in a five-day period.

Diwali, otherwise known as the festival of lights, is the most significant festival in the Indian culture, and it is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains. On the first day of the festival, houses are cleaned and decorated, and on the following day, women decorate themselves and make colorful rangoli floor patterns. The main celebrations are held on the third day, otherwise known as Lakshami Puja, according to BBC. During the third day, the celebrants wear their best outfits, say prayers otherwise known as pujas, light diyas and fireworks, and thereafter feast and enjoy sweets and desserts, according to BBC.

On the fourth day, otherwise known as Padwa, the celebrants exchange gifts, and on the last day of Diwali, brothers visit their sisters where they are greeted with love and given delicious foods, says Krishna.com. Diwali marks the beginning of the Hindu calendar and winter, the end of the harvest season, and is closely associated with the goddess Lakshmi. It is the most celebrated festival in India and is equally popular in Malaysia, Nepal and West Bengal. Diwali is as important to Hindus, Sikhs and Jains as Christmas is to Christians.